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Dateline: Events/Week of February 15, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Not persuaded by Russia - Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan are breaking away from the Commonwealth of Independent States, leaving an 11-state bloc.

Jeffrey L. Dahmer is sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in prison for killing 15 young men and boys he lured to his home.

Sheik Abbas Moussawi, leader of the militant pro-Iranian Hezbolah organization is killed when his motorcade was attacked by Israeli helicopter gunships.

New Hampshire primary – President Bush wins but by a closer margin than expected, at 58-40% over Buchanan. 

A federal advisory panel recommends significant restrictions on silicon gel breast implants for cosmetic reasons. They advice restriction of cosmetic use, while allowing for reconstructive surgery.


Sports news – February 15, 1992

Olympics – America defeats France in hockey 4-1.

Bonnie Blair receives her second gold medal – this one for the 1,000-meter race. 

Martina Navratilova becomes tennis’ all-time singles titles leader. She beat Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia in the final of the Virginia Slims of Chicago.


Technology news – February 15, 1992  

IBM announces 13 new models in its minicomputer line. The most powerful will include a memory chip with 16 Megs.   


Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 15, 1992

60 Minutes – 24.2

Olympic Winter Games (Tue.) – 21.5

Olympic Winter Games – (Sun.) - 21.2

Olympic Winter Games (Thur.) – 19.2

Olympic Winter Games (Mon.) – 19.1

Roseanne – 18.3

Olympic Winter Games (Sat.) – 18.1

Home Improvement – 17.6

Olympic Winter Games (Fri.) – 16.8

Olympic Winter Games (Wed.) – 16.7

Coach – 16.2

Movie-In The Best Interest of the Children – 16.0

Unsolved Mysteries – 16.0

Full House – 15.8

Cheers – 15.5

Movie-Burden of Proof – 15.1

American Detective – 15.0

Fresh Prince of Bel Air – 14.9

Wings – 14.7

FBI: The Untold Stories – 14.2

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 14.1

IN The heat of the Night – 14.0


Television news – February 15, 1992

Tracey Gold is returning to “Growing Pains” after recuperating from anorexia nervosa.

Sally Jessey Raphael tapes her fist show since daughter Allison’s death several weeks ago.

Elizabeth Taylor appears on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” for the first time ever.

MTV featured an hour-long special featuring “Wayne’s World” stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as veejays spinning rock videos and hosting their “public access” show from the basement of their fictitious home. It ran all weekend and may have helped propel the movie to #1 this weekend. “Wayne’s World” is a popular Saturday Night Live skit.

Ted Turner announces a cartoon cable channel beginning October 1. Tentatively named “Cartoon Channel” is will air cartoons from Turner’s Hanna-Barbera library.

 CBS says it is getting NBC’s “In The Heat of the Night” next season. The network says it will present the show as six two-hour movies.

“The Today Show” beat Good Morning America for the first time in two years. Many believe it’s the good chemistry between Katy Couric and Bryant Gumbel.

NBC is preparing for life after “Cosby” as negotiations for another year of “Cheers” have begun.


Music news – February 15, 1992

Michael Jackson cuts short his five-nation African tour after police attacked fans in Gabon, Tanzania and the Ivory Coast. Also, reports say Jackson kept touching his nose throughout his performances.

Paula Abdul gets hit with another suit – this time by studio singer Yvetter Marine who claims she sang lead vocals with Abdul on several of her hits.

Vince Neil is out as lead singer of Motley Crue. Band members say Neil got caught-up in racecar driving and they don’t believe he shared their passion and direction. Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx are looking.

Janet Jackson agrees to pay producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis a record-setting $3 million to produce and co-write her first Virgin-Records album. Virgin payed Ms. Jackson some $40 million about a year ago and some say she needs these guys. Both produced her mega-hit albums “Control” and “Rhythm Nation: 1814.”   


Top music  albums  – February 15, 1992

Ropin’ The Wind – Garth Books

Nevermind – Nirvana

Dangerous – Michael Jackson

No Fences – Garth Books

Time, Love, Tenderness – Michael Bolton


Top movies – February 15, 1992

Wayne’s World

Medicine Man

Fried Green Tomatoes

Hand That Rocks The Cradle

Final Analysis

The Great Mouse Detective

Father of the Bride

Shining Through

Beauty and the Beast

Grand Canyon


The Prince of Tides


The Addams Family




Cape Fear

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